Playing in the same division as the Yankees will bring out the best in Jose Reyes’ and yesterday the former Mets shortstop put those Yankees on notice.
“We’re here to win the division,’’ Reyes told The Post, his first day on the field with his new Blue Jays teammates, a team favored by many to win the AL East. “We don’t think about the wild card. We are here to win the division. That’s our goal.’’
Yankees, here we come.
Reyes, 29, has the utmost respect for his former Subway Series rivals and fellow shortstop Derek Jeter, but he is going to try his best to knock the aging Bronx Bombers off their perch in the AL East. The Blue Jays haven’t finished first in the division since 1993, when they went on to win the World Series for the second straight season.
There is much work to be done. On paper the rebuilt Blue Jays look to be a beast, having added Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. After last year’s collapse in Miami, though, Reyes knows better than anyone that games must be won on the field. Getting the rivalry going with the Yankees will give the Blue Jays and Reyes an added boost.
Reyes to Yanks: Jays are comin’ for ya!
New York Post | Feb 16